The Struggle is Real: Helping Teens with Mental Health

About 20% of teens struggle with mental health. You’ve probably had a teenager who has wrestled with this, and a significant part of your youth group likely experiences some kind of mental health issue. So how can you help? The good news is that as a Youth Minister and someone walking with teens in the…

I Thought They Were the One

Having had a relationship in high school that I thought was leading to marriage fall apart, I was left feeling confused and upset. My feelings and dreams for the future were crushed as the relationship crumbled. It’s heavy and it hurts. Leaving a serious relationship can leave you lost, angry, sad, and confused on what…

Friends or Ministry?

We all have that one friend that pushes our buttons and maybe pulls us out of our comfort zones a bit. When working in ministry, it can be easy to confuse authentic friendships with those we are ministering with or to. While Christ calls us to love others, He doesn’t call us to be best…

Made for Leisure

Are you a human being, or a human doing? That might sound like a funny question but throughout our normal schedules it’s easy to jump from one task to another without really thinking about what is going on. In the hustle and bustle of life, family, and work, it is a fair question to ask…

Active Listening 101

What does it mean to really listen to someone? How do you keep your mind from wandering during a conversation? As humans we all have a deep desire for intimacy and therefore a desire to be heard and understood. Listening is a key skill and component to any relationship. Here are a few tips to…

Things That Aren’t Helping Your Mental Health

Growing up there were many times I would sit in Adoration trying to pray, but my mind would be all over the place. I couldn’t stop thinking about things I needed to do and worrying about what was going on in my life. For a while I thought I wasn’t praying right, but I soon…

The Power of ‘No’: Christian Assertiveness

In the past three weeks of the Batterer’s groups that I run, we have been talking about assertiveness with the guys. Talking about assertiveness and even assertive refusals has led me to think more about the importance of saying ‘no’, especially in the Christian life. When I started working for the Church in Youth Ministry,…